Higher ed’s responsibility to credential the existing labor market?

Does higher ed have a broader responsibility to credential the existing labor market?

Reported by Education Dive, 63 million workers without a bachelor’s degree have the skills to earn at least $7 an hour more than what they’re current making.

What’s separating them? The credential.

The takeaway? Can higher ed play a role here? Many of our institutions are generous in terms of offering Prior Learning Assessment credit to recognize experience and put that toward our degree. But even those generous plans still leave working adults 90 credits or more short of a bachelor’s degree. Is there a more helpful play here – one that could earn an institution heaps of PR goodness for the effort?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.